A different date in the calendar means an even stronger field than usual has been assembled for this week's BMW PGA Championship. Here's our five each-way tips for the European Tour's flagship event...
"The first six home in last year's BMW PGA Championship all ranked inside the top-eight for Greens In Regulation and it's very unusual for the Wentworth winner to rank poorly for that key stat. Bernd Wiesberger currently ranks fourth for GIR on the European Tour and nobody hit more greens than him last time out when he finished fifth in Germany two weeks ago."
Steve Rawlings: Back Bernd Wiesberger @ 40/1
EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 8 Places
Dave Tindall: Back Rafa Cabrera-Bello @ 50/1
Rafa Cabrera Bello has always looked a better bet at a decent price in a top-class field and the 50/1 here definitely has some each-way juice. He's had plenty of good weeks at Wentworth, finishing in the top 25 in five of his eight visits and the last two show tied 22nd in 2016 and tied eighth last year. The Spaniard had a nice run in the early part of the summer with a third at the BMW International Open in Germany followed by fourth at the Irish Open at tied ninth at the Scottish Open. A missed cut in the Open was disappointing but he bounced back with tied 12th in the WGC-St. Jude Invitational. Fourth in the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale, he clearly enjoys playing in England and his consistent, all-round game is a good fit for Wentworth.
Paul Krishnamurty: Back Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 25/1
With Wentworth form figures reading 47-12-8, Matthew Fitzpatrick is clearly going in the right direction. Surrey's finest tends to take a bit of knowing so it's encouraging that he's improved year on year as it's an ideal venue for his neat and tidy tee-to-green game. Fitzpatrick is yet to win this year but he's been in cracking form all summer and he's been putting really well too. He finished down the field at the European Open last time out - a tournament he was attempting to win for the third year in-a-row - but that can be readily excused given he was unlucky not to win the week before in Sweden and prior to that he'd finished fourth in the WGC-FedEx St Jude. He looks highly likely to contend again and another top-eight finish here at least is on the cards.
Steve Rawlings: Back Bernd Wiesberger @ 40/1
The first six home in last year's BMW PGA Championship all ranked inside the top-eight for Greens In Regulation and it's very unusual for the Wentworth winner to rank poorly for that key stat. Bernd Wiesberger currently ranks fourth for GIR on the European Tour and nobody hit more greens than him last time out when he finished fifth in Germany two weeks ago. The Austrian's form dropped off slightly after he won the Made In Denmark in May but after three disappointing efforts he finished runner-up in Ireland before winning the Scottish Open. His fifth at the Porsche European Masters a fortnight ago came four starts after that win in Scotland and after three more disappointing efforts. Dips in form after victories is perfectly normal but he's still finished inside the top-eight in five of his last ten starts and he looks primed to go well again.
Joe Dyer: Back Alexander Bjork @ 80/1
I'm still smarting from Matthew Southgate's final round at the KLM Open where the Englishman, put up at 80/1 in this column, fired a one over par final day 73 to finish one shot outside the places. Anyway, that's the sulking out of the way, and we move on to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth where a fine field has assembled in search of big winnings. There are plenty of candidates I could have picked but the one I am settling on is Alexander Bjork, available to back at 80/1 with eight places paid. The rising Swede is bubbling along in a nice vein of form without really threatening a win, he has made his last four cuts finishing somewhere between 20th and 30th every time, and after a week off he goes back to a course that appears to suit. Two appearances at Wentworth have delivered a debut 14th, where he finished with an eye-catching 66, and 27th last year. Bjork's last appearance on a classic Surrey heathland course yielded a second place (at the 2018 British Masters) and there's plenty there to warrant a bet at 80/1.
Mike Norman: Back Henrik Stenson @ 22/1
Although not adverse to a big-price winner - Simon Khan springs to mind - the BMW PGA Championship leaderboard is usually littered with big names and world class golfers. The West Course at Wenworth rewards great ball strikers, and those with an accurate tee-to-green game - think Molinari, think Manassero, think Donald for example - usually prosper. So step forward Henrik Stenson, one of the very best iron players in the world and a golfer who had a great summer without actually winning. If he's in similar form to what he was a couple of months ago then I don't envisage him not being in contention come Sunday afternoon. Stenson is a player who, because of scheduling, has rarely played this event, but in his last two visits to Wentworth he finished seventh in 2014 and third two years ago. What's not to like?
2019 Season P/L to date: -£417.55
- Omega European Masters, Matthias Schwab @ 80/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- Scandinavian Invitational, Alex Levy @ 70/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Scottish Open, Andrea Pavan @ 110/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- BMW International Open, Jordan Smith @ 28/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- US Open, Gary Woodland @ 70/1 - WIN (Dave)
- Made In Denmark, Pablo Larrazabal @ 80/1 - PLACE (Steve)
- USPGA Championship, Brooks Koepka @ 11/1 - WIN (Steve)
- Volvo China Open, David Lipsky @ 33/1 - PLACE (Dave)
- WGC Dell Match Play, Matt Kuchar @ 40/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Cameron Smith @ 60-1 - PLACE (Paul)
- WGC Mexico Championship, Paul Casey @ 35/1 - PLACE (Mike)
- World Super 6, Scott Vincent @ 80/1 - PLACE (Paul)
- World Super 6, Paul Dunne @ 50/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Abu Dhabi Championship, Joost Luiten @ 80/1 - PLACE (Joe)
- Mauritius Open, Justin Harding @ 30/1 - PLACE (Dave)
*2018 P/L: +£727.16
*2017 P/L: -£306.84
*2016 P/L: +£267.58
*2015 P/L: +£958.37
*2014 P/L: +£251.75